Our students and staff enjoyed College Week, and our students had opportunities to explore universities and colleges, to listen to fight songs, to learn about famous college graduates, to create college art, and to hear from teachers about their college experiences. If you have been calling Hilburn this week, you may have noticed that Wake County has updated our telephone system. We believe we have learned the new system but appreciate your patience. Many of our staff members do have new extensions.
We want to celebrate Yudhis Jordan, who will be recognized as our Wake County Spotlight on a Student. Yudhis was nominated by the third-grade team and was selected by our entire staff. For his nomination, his teacher, Ms. Kennedy, shared the following words:
Yudhis is truly a kind and caring soul. He tries his best each day to please his teachers and his peers. He often will help out his classmates without being asked - showing tremendous patience and understanding to their various needs. When our class had 2 new students start in back to back weeks, Yudhis was tremendously helpful in "showing them the ropes" and making them feel included. He is picked quickly by his peers for games and partner work because everyone enjoys working with him. He shares kindness and a smile with everyone he encounters.
- Pre-K: Estefany Garcia
- Kindergarten: Ivie Egbobamwonyi, Sean Hong, Mikiya Smallwood and Alex Vasquez
- First Grade: Samuel Carmack-Harris, Jamison Judiesch, Brianna Peterson and Aaditya Rane
- Second Grade: Zoe Cashin, Denise Cruz-Vargas, Braxden Lighthart and Pilar Soto
- Third Grade: Sam Garcia-Lopez, Anna Marotta, Jasmine McCollum and Owen Reaser
- Fourth Grade: Raegan Lombardi, Kenneth Padilla-Lupercio, Brianna Van den Troost and Henry Willis
- Fifth Grade: Ben Duford, Saad Shaikh, Isabel Thompson and Tori Walker
- Sixth Grade: Raquel Alston, Grayson Altizer, Beza Shimbir and Diego Tapia Ramirez
- Seventh Grade: Shayla Dorsey, Natasha Porter, Layal Sadik and Isaac Umoren
- Eighth Grade: Sehar Fazel, Marguerite Masters, Gia Soltez and Nikki Varma
Why I Teach: This week’s Why I Teach is from Mrs. Kristin Burnette, who teaches our ID Mod 3-5 students.
Through collaboration and innovation, I can help alter the mindset about teaching students with significant cognitive disabilities, and cultivate a brighter, more inclusive future for special education. There are two things I want my students to know when they leave my classroom: they are loved and they can learn. I teach because there is nothing more rewarding than those moments when my students master a new skill. The joy, laughter, and love my students bring to my life is immeasurable.
Katherine White, Principal